Marcus Valerius Messalla (consul 161 BC)

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Marcus Valerius Messalla was a Roman Republic consul in 161 BC.

Nephew of Marcus Valerius Messalla (consul 226 BC), his consulate was remarkable chiefly for a decree of the senate prohibiting the residence of Greek rhetoricians at Rome.[1] The Phormion and Eunuch of Terence were first acted in this year.[2] Messalla, having been once degraded by the censors, became himself censor in 154 BC.[3]


  1. ^ Gell. ii. 24, xv. 11; Suet. Clar. Rhet. i.
  2. ^ Titul. Phorm. et Eunuch. Terentii.
  3. ^ Valerius Maximus ii..9. § 9.
Political offices
Preceded by
Publius Cornelius Lentulus (Suffect.) and Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (Suffect.)
Suffect consul of the Roman Republic
with Gaius Fannius Strabo
161 BC
Succeeded by
Lucius Anicius Gallus and Marcus Cornelius Cethegus